2000 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2000 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 89

Good medium ruby. Wild nose dominated by roast coffee and meat. Then rich and spicy in the mouth, with dark fruit flavors complicated by a meaty quality. The brettanomyces element here is not especially aggressive yet robs the wine of some of its primary fruit and verve. Still, this finishes supple, sweet and persistent.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Score: 89
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/09/2013
Score: 90
Author: sfvino
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 06/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2009
Elegant as a Chopin Nocturne, soft spoken yet poignant. Fruit is still there, but a fading beauty. Drink ASAP!

About This Producer


The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

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